Volunteering areas in Cape Town - © Unknown

Volunteering Projects

Ailola Cape Town is committed to giving back to the community we call home. That's why we work with a network of not-for-profit organizations, mutually benefiting their projects and our students' experiences in the beautiful Western Cape. Are you ready for a volunteer project in Cape Town?

We offer volunteering projects in Cape Town and the surrounding area in Childcare, Cheetah conservation and a HIV+ hospice project. Keep reading for more details!

Cheetah Conservation Project

Cheetah Conservation Volunteering Projects in Cape Town - © Unknown

Selected volunteers will work with the beautiful Cheetah, the world's fastest land mammal and one of Africa's most treasured cats. Situated in the Strand you'll lend a hand in broader efforts to support Cheetah conservation, with tasks that include educating visitors. You'll also have the chance to get up close and personal with the site's resident cheetahs.

Outcomes

  • Assist in the day-to-day care of the animals, including meal preparation
  • Help educate visitors to the facility about animal conservation and the nature of the Cheetah
  • Take care of the Anatolian dogs on site, cleaning up feeding areas and holding enclosures
  • Host project guests, including introducing them to the cheetahs

What's included:

  • A unique opportunity to work with Africa's majestic Cheetah
  • The chance to live near or next to South Africa's premiere wine-growing region, Stellenbosch
  • Shared room and shared bathroom in a secure, 1st floor beachfront apartment along “the Strand,” a 5-kilometer strip of beautiful white, sandy coastline. The apartment is located in walking distance from the Strand city center
  • Continental breakfast
  • Transport to and from the project each everyday
  • Return transport to and from the airport

Requirements

  • An enthusiastic personality with a genuine compassion for animal welfare
  • Commitment to a 5-day work week on a rotation basis, volunteering from 9am to 5.15pm (6pm in the summer months)
  • Minimum 6-week time commitment
  • For safety reasons you must have at least an advanced (C1) level of English
  • Signed Volunteer Placement Agreement

Township Nursery School Project

Childcare Community Volunteering Projects in Cape Town - © Unknown

Selected volunteers will work at one of many childcare centers in The Strand, 50 kilometers from the city center. Operating since 2006, the organization behind these centers takes care of around 1,800 children aged between 7 months and 6 years of age every year. Most come from nearby disadvantaged communities. The organization also offers training to unemployed women, crèche and community workers in child development and stimulation.

Outcomes:

  • Help staff at a Strand-based childcare center deal with a number of tasks including assistant teaching, caring for small children or babies, and more
  • Help at busy meal times and be responsive to the instructions of head caregivers
  • Entertain the children, engaging with them with learning tasks and even sharing aspects of your own culture

What's included:

  • The chance to meet and work with an inspiring group of childcare professionals
  • Shared room and shared bathroom in a secure, 1st floor beachfront apartment along “the Strand,” a 5-kilometer strip of beautiful white, sandy coastline. The apartment is located in walking distance from the Strand city center
  • Continental breakfast
  • Transport to and from the project each everyday
  • Return transport to and from the airport

Requirements

  • A kind personality with a genuine commitment to the children's welfare
  • Commitment to a 5-day (Mon-Fri) work week, volunteering from 8am to 1pm
  • Minimum 3-week time commitment

Community Welfare for Children Project

Community Welfare for Children Volunteering Project in Cape Town - © Unknown

This multi-faceted program in Sir Lowry's Pass Village is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to lend a helping hand at one of the Cape's most renowned child welfare institutions. With a children's village (accommodation facilities), pre-school and primary school, the program aims to empower disadvantaged children through education. It was founded in 2004 to tackle local issues like unemployment, crime and HIV.

Outcomes

  • Assist the house mothers in the children's village with bathing and meal times
  • Stimulate the younger children with fun and games
  • Assist teachers with pre-school lessons
  • Help the children with their homework
  • Lend a helping hand with the delivery of Friday sandwiches to children, many of them street kids

What's included:

  • The chance to empower disadvantaged children through education
  • Twin room, shared bathroom in a secure, 1st floor beachfront apartment along "the Strand", a 5-kilometer strip of beautiful white, sandy coastline. The apartment is located in walking distance from the Strand city center
  • Continental breakfast
  • Return transport to and from the airport

Requirements

  • A personable and energetic personality with a commitment to child welfare and education
  • Commitment to set working hours: Mon-Thu 8am-4pm, Fri 8am-3:30pm
  • Minimum 10-week time commitment
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Police Clearance Certificate from your home country

HIV/Aids Home of Safety Project

HIV/Aids Home of Safety Volunteering Project in Cape Town - © Unknown

Founded early in the last century as a care center for unwed mothers and their children, this partner organization is today a shelter for abused, abandoned, HIV+ positive, orphaned and terminally ill children with the majority of whome are 3 years and under. With a commitment to education and reducing the spread of the virus, the organization offers palliative, respite and residential care as well as the implementation of Antiretroviral therapy (ARV) for HIV+ children, and so much more.

Outcomes

  • Assist hospice staff with meal time
  • Stimulate the children with games and entertainment
  • Accompany children to the clinic or on outings
  • Help teaching staff in the nursery school with planned daily activities

What's included:

  • The chance to brighten the lives of some of South Africa's most vulnerable children
  • Shared room and shared bathroom in a secure, 1st floor beachfront apartment along “the Strand,” a 5-kilometer strip of beautiful white, sandy coastline. The apartment is located in walking distance from the Strand city center
  • Continental breakfast
  • Transport to and from the project each everyday
  • Return transport to and from the airport

Requirements

  • A warm personality with a solid understanding of HIV/AIDS-related issues and a passion for child welfare
  • Commitment to rotating work shifts that last from 7am to 6pm
  • Minimum 6-week time commitment
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Police Clearance Certificate from your home country

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